Chamber Works: Bluebeard's Bride

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Recital Hall West

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW

Australian violinist Alma Moodie (1898 – 1943) was a major violinist of the 20th century, inspiring and first performing many compositions of the early twentieth century by composers such as Reger, Pfitzner, Max von Schillings, Erdmann, Krenek and others. Born in Mount Morgan, Queensland, Moodie lived most of her life in Germany and died under somewhat tragic circumstances in 1943 in Frankfurt. The composer Max Reger described her as the biggest talent he had ever encountered when he heard the 15-year old violinist perform Bach Solo Sonatas in 1913.

This concert features works closely associated with Moodie, her performance collaborations with performer-composers such as Hans Pfitzner and Max Reger and her longtime association with the pianist-composer Eduard Erdmann, with whom she formed – what the English critic Walter Turner described in 1934 as the “best violin piano duo I have ever heard.”

This performance complements a lecture in the Conservatorium's “About Music” lecture series by Moodie biographer and Australian musicologist Kay Dreyfus on Monday August 17 at 5 p.m.


Max Reger (1873 - 1916)
Suite im alten Stil in F Major, Op.93

Eduard Erdmann (1896 - 1958)
Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.12

Hans Pfitzner (1869 - 1949)
Sonata for Violin & Piano in E Minor, Op.21


Goetz Richter


Jeanell Carrigan

ticket pricing
  • $20.00 Adults
  • $10.00 Concession
  • $10.00 Students
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